15 irregularities in 2 more private container depots in Ctg: BIDA
Published: 10:55 AM, 2 July 2022 Updated: 06:36 PM, 2 July 2022
Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA); File Photo
15 irregularities were found in two more private container depots in Chattogram. A recent report by the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) raised the issue. The committee submitted its report on March 28.
Earlier, a team led by the BIDA visited three private container depots in Chattogam last December. One of the three depots searched, the BM Depot, which was recently involved in a horrific accident. The others are two units of Portlink Depot in the Banur Bazar area of Bhatiari.
BIDA has found evidence of 15 irregularities, including fire hazards, in two units of Portlink Logistics.
The inspection team also examined seven issues including fire, electrical, mechanical and explosive safety and infrastructure. In all, one unit gets 43 percent marks and the other gets 41.6 percent marks.
According to the report, although there is an obligation to get clearance from 9 offices, the company has taken six. In the case of infrastructure, three guidelines were not followed. Besides, 11 issues were ignored in fire safety. Six guidelines on electrical safety and one in mechanical safety were not also followed. However, the issue of safety due to explosions was not taken into consideration.
In all, the report found evidence of 15 laws and regulations being violated at the Portlink depot. The report, therefore, recommends what needs to be done in each case to prevent potential accidents.
The two units of Portlink are side by side. No one was seen to know the progress of implementation of the BIDA recommendation. After repeated contact, the journalists did not get a statement. Portlink’s two depots were launched about 20 years ago – where there is about 5000 container handling capacity per month.